Seismic Design and Retrofit for Schools

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Learning about Seismic Safety of Schools from Community Experience in Berkeley, California. Describes the efforts of the Berkeley community and local leaders to address the serious risk to students in its 16 public schools through persistent legislative efforts and development of multi-... 12/31/2003
Making Schools Safe from Earthquakes Through Retrofitting, Training, and Disaster Education. Details four on-the-ground case studies in Fiji, India, Indonesia, and Uzbekistan. A useful manner of retrofitting schools while linking to wider education and capacity-building is described: in... 09/30/2007
Making Schools Safer: The New Zealand Experience. Presents New Zealand's seismic risk profile, past seismic events in the country and strategies applied to reduce seismic risk. New Zealand experiences a large number of earthquakes, the most... 12/31/2003
Natural Hazards Gateway This web portal established by the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, educates citizens, emergency managers, and lawmakers on seven natural hazards facing the Nation —...
New Rules Could Restrict Seismic Repair Money for California Schools. Explains a State Allocation board decision to allow districts to seek seismic money if they could prove catastrophic risk from ground shaking, earthquake faults, liquefaction or landslides. If a... 08/21/2011
Obstacles to Improving Seismic Safety of School Buildings in Turkey. Examines the process of school design in Turkey. It describes the responsibilities and authority of the government bodies involved in the construction, maintenance and repair of school buildings, as... 12/31/2003
Ocean and Coastal Studies Building Protects and Withstands Environment. Case study of the Ocean and Coastal Studies Building at Texas A&M University-Galveston. Built on the hurricane-prone Gulf Coast, the design team made every effort to minimize environmental... 03/23/2011
OECD Programme on Educational Building (PEB) and Geohazards International (GHI) Ad Hoc Experts' Group Meeting on Earthquake Safety in Schools: Recommendations. Lists the guiding principles and major elements for recommended mandatory school seismic safety programs. The major elements described are community awareness and participation, building codes and... 01/31/2004
OECD Recommendation Concerning Guidelines on Earthquake Safety in Schools. Presents the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's position on school earthquake safety guidelines, outlines the principles of school seismic safety programs, and details... 12/31/2004
On Shaky Ground. California Watch investigates seismic safety oversight of California's public schools. A three-part series shows that lax oversight of school construction, poor judgment in hiring building... 03/31/2011
Paradise Built. Describes the special advantages and unique problems of building a school in Hawaii as revealed in the design of Kauai's Kapaa Middle School. Using the environment to help reduce construction... 10/31/1999
Performance of School Buildings During the 2002 Molise, Italy, Earthquake. The authors inspected approximately 300 primary and secondary schools in 87 municipalities of Molise. About 40% were masonry structures, 40% were reinforced concrete (RC) frame structures, and the... 06/30/2004
Post-Earthquake Damage Evaluation and Reporting Procedures: A Guidebook for California Schools. [California] The California Office of the State Architect, Structural Safety Division (OSA/SSS) is responsible for evaluating public school structures after an earthquake. However, final authority on whether a... 12/31/1992
Postearthquake Damage and Safety Evaluation of Buildings. This product series contains guidelines and related materials for postearthquake evaluation and repair of damaged buildings. Included are all products in the ATC-20 Series and reports prepared under... 12/31/2009
Preparing for the Big One--Saving Lives through Earthquake Mitigation in Los Angeles, CA: Section 3, Schools. Reviews the overall positive performance of school buildings during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, with no collapsed buildings. The report notes that the quake did not occur during school hours, so... 02/28/2005
Protection of Educational Buildings Against Earthquakes; A Manual for Designers and Builders. Educational Building Report 13. Presents in simple illustrated form the protective measures needed to save educational buildings from the disastrous effects of earthquakes. It is written is such a way that the information may be... 12/31/1986
Quake Safe Schools. This Oregon Department of Education website offers resource materials on school earthquake preparedness, including videos, documents, and reports of statewide efforts to perform seismic assessment...
Quake-Proofing Oregon Schools: Why the Wait? Reports on the delay in issuing bonds for seismic upgrades of schools, as authorized by the Oregon voters in 2002. The significant risk of earthquakes in Oregon is discussed, with particular... 06/16/2008
Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook for Use in the Screening of School Buildings. Augments the Federal Emergency Management Agency's publication entitled Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook (FEMA 154). It offers additional explanatory... 11/30/1994
Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook. FEMA 154, Edition 2. Presents a method to quickly identify, inventory, and rank buildings posing risk of death, injury, or severe curtailment in use following an earthquake. The procedure can be used by trained personnel... 02/28/2002
Rebuilding Schools after the Wenchuan Earthquake: China Visits OECD, Italy and Turkey. Presents highlights from visits of Chinese officials to these countries, following this earthquake which disproportionately destroyed schools that were typically not earthquake resistant. Topics of... 05/31/2009
Reducing Nonstructural Earthquake Damage: A Practical Guide for Schools. [Videotape] This 13-minute videotape describes the non-structural areas within a school that can be damaged and create hazards for students, teachers, and staff during and after an earthquake; and discusses... 09/11/1995
Reducing Vulnerability of School Children to Earthquakes. Describes the project on Reducing Vulnerability of School Children to Earthquakes that took place in four countries – Uzbekistan, Fiji, India and Indonesia. The project aimed to ensure that school... 12/31/2008
Report of the Earthquake Preparedness Task Force An Earthquake Preparedness Task Force report presents California school districts with direction for complying with existing earthquake preparedness planning laws. It first contains two sets of... 12/31/1988
School and Community-Based Hazards Education and Links to Disaster-Resilient Communities. Provides a New Zealand perspective on linking schools to community resiliency. The challenges of motivation, intention, and trust are discussed in the context of people preparing for disasters. The... 09/30/2007

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